Alton man injured in collision on Route 28

BARNSTEAD — An Alton man was severely injured when two vehicles collided on NH Route 28 near Blueberry Station around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Thomas Garrity, 51, of Alton was thrown from his GMC van in the collision and transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The other driver, Brian McKay, 34, of Pittsfield was taken to Concord Hospital, where he was treated for relatively minor injuries and released

Garrity was driving southbound and McKay, in a Chevrolet Impala, northbound when the collision occurred. In a prepared statement Detective Sgt. David McCormack of the New Hampshire State Police said that an initial investigation indicated that McKay crossed the center line and struck the side of Garrity's van. However, police stressed that the all aspects of the incident remain under investigation and urged anyone with information about the collision to contact McCormack at 223-8583.

Police from Pittsfield and Barnstead, together with firefighters from Pittsfield, Barnstead and Gilmanton responded to the scene. NH Route 28 was closed for about five hours.

Barnstead man accused of stealing guns

BARNSTEAD — Police accompanied by the Belknap Regional Special Operations Group arrested a local man who is alleged to have committed multiple felonies in which guns, among other things, were stolen.

Police said Shelby W. Davis, 33, of 266 Parade Road is charged with seven counts of receiving stolen property and one count of burglary.

He is being held on $50,000 cash bail and will appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division Thursday morning.

Pemaco Building under agreement


LACONIA — The Pemco Building on Main Street, which houses the Garden Theater, is under a purchase and sales agreement, Chris KellyRe/Max Bayside confirmed Wednesday.

Built in 1926, the Pemaco Building offers 19,115 square feet of space on three floors, the second of which is dominated by the Garden Theater with seating capacity for 500 people. There are five commercial units on the ground floor and apartments on the top floor. The building, which the city has assessed for $161,300 was listed at $299,900.

Kelly declined to identify the prospective purchaser, but described him as "a fond investor in Laconia real estate" who has acquired a number of well-worn properties and transformed them into "outstanding properties. He said that his goal is to own and operate the building while leaving the theater intact. "He appreciates what is there," Kelly said.

Kelly added that Re/Max is negotiating offers for two other downtown buildings — the Cook Building next door to the Pemaco Building at 610-618 Main St., and the triangular McIntyre Block at 12 Pleasant St. All three buildings were purchased by Dwight Barton in 2007 and listed for sale in April.

Kelly said that "the timing is right," adding that the announcement a year ago that the Colonial Theatre would be restored and reopened has spurred interest in downtown properties.

Pemaco building 2016

The Pemaco Building. (File photo)